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7:24 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

A Family's Secrets And Sorrows Surface In 'Heatwave'

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 6:03 am

British writer Maggie O'Farrell, born in Northern Ireland, is less well-known in the U.S. than she should be. Her mesmerizing, tautly plotted novels often revolve around long-standing, ugly family secrets and feature nonconformist women who rebel against their strict Irish Catholic upbringing. Her most recent books, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (2006) and The Hand That First Held Mine (2010), offer the sort of spellbinding reads that can make you miss your flight announcement.

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Kitchen Window
7:24 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Stalking The Elusive, Worthy Apricot

Domenica Marchetti for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 9:39 am

Apricots are the finest of summer's fruits, with dense, juicy flesh and delicate, velvety skins. Piled in baskets in farmers market stalls, they seem to glow in the early morning light. The prettiest ones have a celestial blush and a sweet, floral fragrance.

That's why it is so disheartening when you bite into one only to find it is mealy and flavorless. I can't count the number of times this apricot lover has been the victim of just such an injustice. You probably have been, too.

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The Two-Way
7:23 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Journalist Michael Hastings Dies In Car Crash At Age 33

Michael Hastings, 33, has died in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to reports. The author of wartime books and articles that included a candid profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal is seen here at an event last year.
Paul Morigi Getty Images for The Guardian

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 8:01 pm

Michael Hastings, the journalist whose candid interviews of Gen. Stanley McChrystal led to the officer's eventual removal from his post, has died in a car crash. The news was announced Tuesday by BuzzFeed, which employed Hastings, 33. He was reportedly killed in an accident this morning in Los Angeles.

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Planet Money
7:23 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Planet Money: DIY Finance

Harlem funeral directors Tamara Bullock and Patricia Hamilton are going to spend their next savings-club payout on a sky-diving trip (unless Bullock can get out of it).
Marianne McCune NPR

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 8:20 am

Mike Smith lives by himself in a small house in a small town in Kentucky, near the Ohio River. He makes about $1,000 a month, owns his house outright, and doesn't carry any debt. He suspects that his brother and at least one but maybe all of his three grown children have stolen money from him.

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The Two-Way
7:22 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Amazon Cuts Ties In Minnesota Ahead Of New Sales Tax

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 8:55 am

Weeks before Minnesota's new sales tax law takes effect, online retailer Amazon is cutting its ties to members of its Associates program who live in the state. The new law requires businesses that have a presence in Minnesota to collect sales tax.

Amazon has taken similar steps in other states that have passed laws like Minnesota's, ending the contracts of Associates — people and businesses that are paid for sending customers to the retailer.

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Theater
7:22 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

In NYC, A Play Festival Spotlights Stories Of Disability

Mary Theresa Archbold (left), Anita Hollander and Tiffan Borelli star in Bekah Brunstetter's Gorgeous, part of Theater Breaking Through Barriers' initial Some of Our Parts Festival in 2011. A third round of new short plays runs through June 28 at New York City's Clurman Theatre.
Carol Rosegg Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 2:41 pm

Ike Schambelan doesn't like thinking about disability, and he's guessing you don't either.

"We hate it. We do not want to see it," he says. "Personally, I want to see it least in myself, second in my wife, third in my cat and fourth in you and all others. I don't want to know about it. I want to be in a total state of denial about it as much as I can be."

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The Picture Show
7:19 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

A Photography Phone Call: On Life, Faith And Trains

From the series: WONDERLAND: How The Railroad Right-Of-Way Shaped And Reveals The American Landscape
Christopher Chadbourne

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:51 am

Over the past few years I've been to a few photography festivals to review portfolios. When I first met Christopher Chadbourne in New Orleans about two years ago, he was showing some photos from a project about state fairs. I liked the photos and that was pretty much all we talked about.

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Monkey See
7:18 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Death Of A Puppy: An Exclusive Imaginary Excerpt From The 'Man Of Steel' Sequel

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in Man Of Steel.
Warner Brothers Pictures

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 11:52 am

NPR has obtained [or invented, whatever] an excerpt of the draft script for Zack Snyder's much-rumored sequel to the hugely successful Man Of Steel. The script, which was found in a booth at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on La Cienega, suggests that the distinctive tone set by Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and adopted by Snyder's Man Of Steel will continue to inform the expanding cinematic universe of DC Comics characters.


JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE MOVIE

Screenplay by David S. Goyer

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Krulwich Wonders...
7:18 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Isn't That King David? Nope, It's Just Dave

Photo and idea conception: Léo Caillard; Retouching: Alexis Persani

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 11:48 am

Usually they're naked, ancient and stony. But all of a sudden, they could live next door.

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All Songs Considered
7:18 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Summer Music Preview: Kanye, Neko Case, No Age, More

Clockwise from upper left: Neko Case, Kanye West, Shigeto, Schoolboy Q
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 12:58 pm

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